BOOM! INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF PERCUSSION celebrates all percussion in all its many styles from around the world. From Afro Latin, through Asian to Western orchestral, popular and art music. BOOM! brings them all together in a week-long festival of talks, workshops and concerts by leading artists in all genres.


BOOM! International Festival Of Percussion | October 1st to 8th

Artistic Director's Welcome

What a couple of extraordinary years it has been. Disruption, instability, uncertainty, sadness, grief – the list goes on.

So what to do? An artist’s response to such huge global forces can only be a personal one. But as we have witnessed over centuries and across cultures, the creative act can also be a very powerful one. With this idea in mind, we at Percussion Australia are responding with a simple, but heartfelt aspiration – to celebrate life!

We believe that percussion, in all its myriad expressions, is the perfect medium for a celebration, and in October 2022 we feel that you – our community – will be ready for a big one! And so, via BOOM!, our week-long International Festival Of Percussion, we will see two public concerts bookending no less than 30 events emanating from the Seymour Centre: talks, workshops, masterclasses, international livestreams and Q&As, with two 60-minute concerts rounding off each evening.

Some of Australia’s – and the world’s – finest percussive artists will take the stage and present…

  • Dialogue & Demos: performance, talk and discussion
  • Masterclass: in-depth discussion and demonstration on singular topics
  • Afternoon Beats: hands-on workshops for percussionists, drummers, other musicians, educators, composers, and the general community
  • Live Online: composers and performers streaming in from other parts of the world to discuss their art
  • Concerts: two per evening!

Topics that will inspire, challenge and intrigue include…

  • Rhythms Of Change: New Percussion Solos By Australian Female Composers
  • Percussive Pluralities
  • Diamond Theory: An Approach To Practice, Application And Composition
  • The World Of Tabla And Fusion With Other Forms
  • Point Line Area: A Ritual For 64 Percussionists
  • Afrolankan Explorations

… the list goes on, including four World Premieres!

As for the list of extraordinary artists to present this Plethora of Percussion, this Cornucopia of Klangfarbe, this Superabundance of Sound, Texture, Rhythm and Soul? Some truly amazing artists will take to the stage: explore the website and see who’s coming to the party.

In a spirit of celebration, we begin with a free outdoor series of concerts and workshops on three stages at the Seymour Centre. Percussion bands, ensembles and solo artists will present an eclectic, upbeat and dynamic program for all to enjoy.

And crowning our six days of workshops, masterclasses, talks and concerts will be a percussive who’s who taking the stage for one final evening to make a truly joyful noise on their phantasmagorical array of gongs and cymbals, bells and bongos, timpani and taiko, marimbas and maracas in the glorious Seymore Centre.

I am very proud of the program that our Percussion Australia team has put together. While by no means exhaustive – the world of percussion is as big as the world itself! – we have endeavoured to capture something of the breadth and depth of percussive practice, and our wish is to share it with as many of you as we can.

Rhythm is common to us all …the movements of the day, breath in-out, beat, sound, rhythm.

Boom, BOOM! …see you there!

Ian Cleworth | Artistic Director


Join us at BOOM!

and celebrate life musical heartbeat.

BOOM! is a place to connect, share ideas, inspire new work and simply hang with artists, mentors and colleagues.

BOOM! presents inspiring artists in concerts for industry and public alike.


Percussion Australia are the producers of the BOOM! International Festival of Percussion. Home to two globally recognised music ensembles Synergy Percussion and Taikoz, Australia’s leading taiko training facility the Australian Taiko Academy, Percussion Australia began as Synergy Percussion in 1974, adding the renowned Taikoz in 1997. The Australian Taiko Academy was born in 2001 and now we welcome BOOM! in 2021.


Ian Cleworth

Artistic Director 

Tim Hansen

Production Manager

Silvana Imperatori

Program manager

Frequently Asked Questions

Boom! International Festival of Percussion is a biennial festival originally launching in September 2021. Due to COVID lockdown it has been delayed and will now take place in October 2022. The 2022 festival will run from the 1st to the 8th of October 2022. Dates for the 2024 festival will be published after Boom! 2022.




Paid parking is available in the multi-story carpark behind the Seymour Centre and
also on the grounds of the University.  Ticketed and timed street parking
is also close by.  Parking at Sydney Town Hall is available on Kent Street
behind the town hall. However, we encourage audience to use public
transport, bikes or walk where possible.

All venues are accessible and meet public entertainment requirements. Additionally, the Everest Theatre at the Seymour Centre has hearing loop technology available – please mention if you need this technology for upon booking.